Chronic Pain

What all the opioid epidemiccoverage leaves out

Chronic Pain - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 19:28

The design of the human spinal column makes the Hindenburg look safe. Picture 23 small dog biscuits stacked on each other with a little orange Jell-O between each pair.

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Tough fight ahead for Pennsylvania. counties suing drugmakers over opioid crisis

Chronic Pain - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 15:19

Three Pennsylvania counties and numerous other governments across the country have sued pharmaceutical companies, contending they misled doctors and patients about opioid painkillers. Three Pennsylvania counties and numerous other governments across the country have sued pharmaceutical companies, contending they misled doctors and patients about opioid painkillers.

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Amid the exploding opioid epidemic, a new device could change how doctors treat chronic pain

Chronic Pain - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 11:04

A doctor at the Spine & Pain Institute of New York performs a trial spinal cord stimulation procedure in a video. The standard way to treat it is by using opioid painkillers.

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Investigations 35 mins ago 8:44 p.m.Chronic pain patients fear opioid ...

Chronic Pain - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 22:45

New regulations meant to stem opioid abuse and addiction are threatening chronic pain patients' access to drugs, leaving them terrified of losing the one thing that protects them from a life of debilitating pain. "The pain damages the nerves, and where the scar tissue wraps around the spinal cord it's like sandpaper," said 53-year-old Karen Begeal, who lives in Vancouver, Wash.

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Nevro Corp. (NVRO) versus Antares Pharma (ATRS) Critical Contrast

Chronic Pain - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 18:24

Nevro Corp. and Antares Pharma are both medical companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, dividends, analyst recommendations, risk, institutional ownership, profitability and earnings. 36.8% of Antares Pharma shares are held by institutional investors.

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GT Biopharma starts making carbamazepine tabets for planned trials

Chronic Pain - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 11:36

GT Biopharma Inc. has started making a non-opioid pain drug that uses a formulation technology licensed from Accu-Break Pharmaceuticals Inc. The drug - known as Painbrake - is designed to treat chronic pain associated with conditions like diabetic neuropathy, post-herpetic neuralgia, trauma and multiple sclerosis. The formulation - which is being made on GT's behalf by a contract manufacturing organisation - formulated using a technology developed by Accu-Break that allows tablets to be precisely broken into smaller pieces.

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Corium International, Inc. (CORI) Downgraded to Sell at Zacks Investment Research

Chronic Pain - Sat, 10/14/2017 - 06:41

According to Zacks, "Corium International, Inc. is a commercial-stage biopharmaceutical company. It is focused on the development, manufacture and commercialization of specialty pharmaceutical products that leverage advanced technologies in transdermal and transmucosal delivery systems.

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Managing Chronic Pain: A Review of the CDC Guidelines

Chronic Pain - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 23:57

ABSTRACT: The CDC's Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain is intended for clinicians prescribing opioids for chronic pain outside of active cancer treatment, palliative care, and end-of-life treatment. The guideline provides recommendations on when to initiate or continue opioids for chronic pain; opioid selection, dosage, duration, follow-up, and discontinuation; and assessing risk and addressing harms of opioid use.

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Wayne, Oakland Counties announce drug lawsuit

Chronic Pain - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 15:48

Wayne County Executive Warren Evans and Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson announced a joint lawsuit against multiple drug manufacturers and distributors alleging the deceptive marketing and sale of opioids. "This is a full-blown health crisis from which the drug companies made billions," Evans said.

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Local Rehab Program Teaches Patients About 'Natural Painkillers'

Chronic Pain - Wed, 10/11/2017 - 21:49

Bill Clements has lived with chronic pain most of his adult life. After he had colon surgery, he relied on fentanyl administered through an internal pain pump.

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Texas Continues to Embrace Telemedicine

Chronic Pain - Wed, 10/11/2017 - 17:25

On September 15, 2017, the Texas Medical Board released proposed rules regarding telemedicine and mental health services to implement Senate Bill 1107, which was passed on May 11, 2017. Most notably, the Proposed Rules provide that a physician-patient relationship can be established solely by the delivery of care via telemedicine services and eliminates the prior requirement that services for new patients be provided at an established medical site and with a telemedicine presenter.

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3 easy steps to pain relief

Chronic Pain - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 18:45

Anyone who struggles with chronic pain knows the debilitating effect chronic pain can have on your day-to-day life and mental outlook. Whether it's a degenerative condition like arthritis, a sports injury or regular soft-tissue damage, relying on pharmaceuticals to get through the day while suffering limited mobility can greatly reduce your quality of life.

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Why N.J. patients with chronic pain still can't get medical marijuana

Chronic Pain - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 07:00

I cover news and people in New Jersey, focusing on cannabis issues, court rulings that have an impact on everyday life, profiles of unusual folks and the disappearance of open spaces in the Garden State. Five months ago, a New Jersey health panel voted in favor of dramatically expanding the list of conditions that may be treated with cannabis.

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Chronic pain? Why guided injections might be your best option

Chronic Pain - Mon, 10/09/2017 - 13:20

There are many different treatment options for those suffering from chronic pain, each having different levels of success depending on the person and the underlying condition. MedRay Imaging in Coquitlam is introducing a new therapy called image-guided pain management injections .

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Opioid Crisis Fast Facts

Chronic Pain - Sat, 10/07/2017 - 07:21

Experts say the United States is in the throes of an opioid epidemic, as more than two million of Americans have become dependent on or abused prescription pain pills and street drugs. Opioids are drugs formulated to replicate the pain reducing properties of opium.

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Next Frontier Biosciences Introduces Scientific Advisory Board...

Chronic Pain - Fri, 10/06/2017 - 16:09

With plans to launch its Verra Wellness line of purified cannabinoid products for the medical and adult-use marijuana markets in Colorado this month, Next Frontier Biosciences, a trailblazer in the cannabis space, continuously strives to use high quality and purified ingredients that provide safe and natural alternatives for cannabis patients and adult-use consumers alike. "Research and scientific formulation are at the heart of everything we do," said Paul Johnson, Ph.D., Co-Founder & Chief Scientific Officer of Next Frontier Biosciences.

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NJ Politics Digest: NJ Sues Drug Company Over 'Evil' Sales Scheme

Chronic Pain - Fri, 10/06/2017 - 11:24

New Jersey Attorney General Christopher Porrino accused a drug company of an "evil" scheme to boost sales of a fentanyl painkiller after the state filed a lawsuit Thursday against the firm, according to reports. The state's lawsuit alleges that Insys Therapeutics instructed its sales team to have doctors prescribe the drug "Subsys" for all types of chronic pain, even though it was just approved for cancer patients, according to the Associated Press.

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Neurostimulation: Alternate To Opioids?

Chronic Pain - Fri, 10/06/2017 - 06:57

While there is no solution in sight for the opioid epidemic plaguing the country, a doctor at Denver, Colorado's Presbyterian St. Luke's Hospital believes that neurostimulation surgery may be a way to help many with chronic pain avoid the little pills. Meghan Gordon had the surgery nearly a decade ago and she said it changed her life.

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NJ sues 'evil' painkiller company in war on opioid addiction

Chronic Pain - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 23:19

New Jersey has joined with other states in suing an Arizona drug company behind a powerful opioid-fentanyl painkiller spray. The suit alleges that Insys directed its sales force to have doctors prescribe Subsys for any type of chronic pain even though it was only approved for cancer patients who couldn't benefit from other opioids.

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Upshur County Is First in Texas to File a Lawsuit Holding Drug Makers Responsible for Opioid Epidemic

Chronic Pain - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 19:18

At 54 years old, the unnamed subject of a Purdue Pharma ad, a writer, suffered from osteoarthritis of the hands, a degenerative joint disease that guitarists and other musicians dread. Purdue claimed in its 2012 ad, which it called a "pain vignette," that OxyContin was the key to the writer's chronic pain relief and his return to the computer to write; it failed to mention the trail of dependence and destruction the opioid often left in its wake.

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